A horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon reportedly left 10 dead — including the shooter, Chris Harper Mercer — and over 7 people injured on Oct. 1. Hours after the incident, President Barack Obama took the stand to respond to the terrible tragedy that shook the community.
President Barack Obama, 54, gave an angry speech after he sent his condolences to the people of Roseburg, Oregon after the shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1. The President said that “thoughts and prayers” aren’t enough to help out the community that suffered from this tragedy and went on to bring up the topic of gun control. Read on to see what he said.
The leader of the free country started off his speech by sympathizing with the families who were affected by this mass shooting. However, the tone of the rest of the speech was not a somber one. He said, “our thoughts and prayers are not enough.” President Obama was visibly angry at the event at occurred in Oregon on the morning of Oct. 1. “Somehow this has become routine,” the president said. “The reporting has become routine. My response here, from this podium, has become routine.” He then brought up the topic of gun control.
While Obama went on to say he expected the media to call him out for politicizing the issue, he said, “this is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.” The president has constantly pushed Congress to pass legislation on gun control by asking to ban assault weapons and enhancing background checks for all gun purchases. This response to the Umpqua Community College shooting is just another attempt by the president to stop gun violence.
Mass Shooting Reportedly Leaves 10 Dead Along With Shooter
A shooter open fired at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1 and reportedly killed 9 people at the school. Local authorities say the suspected gunman, later identified as Chris Harper Mercer, is dead after exchanging gunfire with the police. The investigation is still ongoing, but as of late, there are reportedly 7 people who were injured due to this event. So sad.
Our thoughts are with the victims and Roseburg, Oregon community during this difficult time.
— Michelle Phi